In January we focus our attention on the importance and the need of Catholic Education today. In fact, we celebrate the feasts of three saints – models for Catholic Education – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton of Baltimore, (Jan. 4). She dedicated her life to the education of the poor children. St. Francis DeSales – Bishop of Annecy in Savoy (Jan. 24) – commonly known as the saint of sweetness. He used to say the Love is the tool to touch the lives of the young. And, one drop of honey can attract more flies than a barrel of vinegar. St. John Bosco (Jan. 31) known simply as Don Bosco, the father and teacher of youth, took St. Francis DeSales as hid model. He worked very hard to give meaning to the lives of so many young people thrown out into the streets by the industrial revolution. They were disillusioned by unemployment, war and violence. Left without family and friends, Don Bosco attracted them with games, music, and dramatics and then taught them various trades, so that they can earn a living by honest work. And life must be happy. Happiness can come only when we are at Peace with God and neighbor. So, they were ready to go to Mass, received the Sacraments.

Catholic education addresses the development of the whole person through spiritual and academic formation based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Catholic education provides an important environment for the New Evangelization by presenting the Gospel anew within the school and parish communities. Pope Francis says that “Catholic Schools are Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be..” For the integral growth of the young person, Don Bosco became a father and friend, to lead, guide and nurture their growth in faith and knowledge.

St. Francis-St. Hedwig’s School Naugatuck is COMMITTED TO CATHOLIC EDUCATION